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  1. Its 2-2 with fresh niyyat for each.
  2. Before starting, ask Allah to help you concentrate and make your namaz acceptable.
  3. For example, the jamaah is performing obligatory fajr namaz, and the individual while being part of the group, performs 2 rak'at with the intention of a mustahab namaz. In this case, one can recite surah al-fatiha only in both rak'at and go along with the group in motions if reciting a second surah would cause one to lag behind. On the other hand, if after reciting the second surah individually, they are still not finished, one has a choice to wait for them to go into ruku' together, though still with the intention of an individual namaz.
  4. Sincerely ask Allah (the Mighty) to give motivation, by the right of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his pure progeny) and aale Muhammad.
  5. There's a discussion about the preservation of Ghadeer in a book called "The Right Path", which contains a series of letters between Sheikh 'Abdul Husain Sharifuddeen (May Allah have mercy on his soul) and a Sunni 'aalim. One of the main points brought forth is the event of Rahba, which happened 25 years after the event of Ghadeer, where more than 30 people (13 of which fought in the battle of Badr) testified to Ghadeer's having taken place. This is recorded in Ahmad bin Hanbal's Musnad. The Sheikh went on to explain how the a'imma (peace and blessings be upon them on all) preserved the memory of Ghadeer for example by holding celebrations, giving gifts. Would highly recommend looking through "The Right Path". It's available for download in pdf format.
  6. From http://najaf.org/books/201/?id=40#1689 "1131. (...)It is not necessary that Duas be recited in Arabic, but it is better to recite those supplications, which have been given in the books of Duas"
  7. this doesn't specifically mention Satan but addresses your questions quite well.
  8. Asking the imams to interceed is not shirk. One should not doubt their esteemed status as being the Divinely appointed intercessors. May Allah (the Exalted) protect us from this.
  9. If it's a hard surface (ie water doesnt get absorbed), one if using under-kurr water has to after removing the najasah, spray so much water that it flows. Then the area will be pure after said water has been removed and area dried (to the common eye).
  10. It's not a fantasy when many of the things mentioned to be in paradise are already here in this dunya, but often times in transient versions (e.g. Milk gets spoiled here but doesn't in paradise). Of course this was done on purpose, perhaps because we have to inshaAllah be able to have a mental picture, to understand the bounties there albeit only partially. Otherwise if they were so far away from the world we live in today, the allure would be less. Reciting surah ar-Rahman inshaAllah would help.
  11. The tradition is considered to be weak because one of the transmitters whom Sheikh al-Kulayni (may Allah the Exalted have mercy on his soul) thought was someone reliable was actually another person who was considered much less reliable and an exagerrator. More here: http://www.revivingalislam.com/2010/09/hadeeth-17000-verses-in-quraan-saheeh.html?m=1
  12. Its more about acknowledging the fact that the qualified scholar has acquired sufficient knowledge so that in practical matters, we follow his verdicts rather than, say, our intuition/understanding etc. The act of doing taqleed itself implies this. Otherwise it would be like going to the most qualified doctor for treatment and the pick and choose the prescribed medicines/instructions. It's not blind following because these scholars are blessings from Allah (the Exalted) so we are to certain extents, exempt from doing all the hard work of deriving rulings from the authentic sources because chances are: a.) we aren't qualified; or b.) by living our lives according to the will of the Mighty, we will be in different situations and inshaAllah acquire knowledge in different fields.
  13. Read/listen to supplications such as Du'a Abu Hamza al-Thumali. Try to imagine Imam Sajjad (peace and blessings be upon him) reciting it. Compare his station with ours and how much more humble he is before our Creator than we are. InshaAllah, the more we appreciate and can relate to the a'imma ma'soumeen, the more our hearts are able to see Allah (the Exalted).
  14. There are certain surahs in the Qur'an for which there are well known interpretations that have to do with the Ahlul Bayt. For example, Surah Qadr is very much related to Sayyida Fatima (blessings be upon her): http://purifiedhousehold.com/fatima-as-and-laylat-al-qadr/ It is against the etiquette of reciting the Qur'an to reject esoteric meanings of surahs. (There's a section on Qur'anic recitation here: https://www.al-islam.org/suluk-al-arifan-spiritual-journey-of-the-mystics/splendour-and-eminence-supplications-compiled-ahlul#1-etiquette-holy-quran-and-supplications) And there shouldn't be any contradictions between a pure intention in salah and using the Ahlul Bayt (peace and blessings be upon them) as means to Allah (the Exalted).
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